“highly recommend this class for a lot of fun and a good workout as well!”
“Beat for beat, bar for bar, step for step, Shock Ra is the best place you can go to learn some new moves and/or body awareness.”
“It really helped build up my confidence on the dance floor, and i would definitely recommend the class for anyone looking to learn salsa!”
“The variety of people that the studio brings together is also really amazing.”
“was a complete beginner to dance lessons and Shockra has proven to be a great place to learn.”
“Shockra definitely created a memorable experience for the bride and her guests and I think several of the participants will be back again for more lessons.”
“The instructors are super friendly and the atmosphere is totally un-intimidating.”
“Based on the friendleness of the staff, the convenient location, and the affordable prices, I would say that Shockra is the best studio for pole dancing in the city!”
“I'm from long island but spend most weekends in the city, and found this is an awesome place to stop by before friday night.”
Voted the BEST NYC Dance Studio of 2009 & 2010. SHOCKra offers beginner dance lessons in an unitimidating atmosphere with the most
professional instructors in NYC! Pole Dance, Belly Dance, Zumba, Bollywood, Salsa, Ballet, Burlsque, Hip-Hop/Club Dance. Birthday and Bachelorette Parties. SHOCKra Kidz Dance too!
If you are unsure where to begin or overwhelmed by larger, even the most "beginner" dance classes conducted in the city - welcome!
Jessica Hayden is the owner of SHOCKra Studio, an absolute beginner dance studio for adults in Manhattan, where the motto is "Anyone can dance!" SHOCKra Studio, perched above East 28th Street-NYC, is a come-as-you-are studio offering dance-based classes that are more than just physical fitness--it's also about self-expression, which is why SHOCKra is a social atmosphere comprised of people who want to learn how to move well! Anyone can dance. …
Julie's Ballet Class.
Julie is a wonderful instructor! When you take her classes you will leave feeling happy,engergized, and stronger. She has a real passion for ballet and that shows! She is very quick to praise each student and will encourage students as they get better. Even when we unfortunately need to be corrected she does it in such a kind manner!
She also has a happy personality that lights up the class. I've come to class in a bad mood but within minutes I can't even remember why I was grouchy! I always leave feeling happy and with a smile. I can't imagine anyone not genuinely liking Julie! Anyone that does not like her woud have to take a close look at themselves!!!
To make a long story short, I reccomend this class to anyone wanting to learn ballet! Even if you have never danced befrorei n your life you will be welcome and have a blast! See you there!!!
I've been taking Pole classes with Keisha Franklin since April 2012. I started the class as a very timid girl who never got the chance to feel the least bit confident and sexy. I regret not taking this class sooner. Since then I have lost close to 40 pounds and I've never seen my body change like this before. Keisha is a wonderful instructor who works with everyone at their own pace and makes everyone feel incredibly comfortable in their own skin. Before every class she'll do a warmup which includes some yoga and pilates moves to help you stretch and work some muscles. Within the first class I was already learning spins, floor work, and climbs. I did not know what I was capable of doing. I highly recommend a pole class with Keisha. Trust me, you won't regret it!!! I have not missed a series of classes since I started. I refuse to miss it.....this class is way too fun!! :)
Your Inner Stripper!.
I just had a pole dancing class for my future sister-in-law's bachelorette party with 8 girls total and all I can say is ahhhh-mazing! There are 8 poles total in each class so be prepared to rotate in and out if you have more than 7 girls in your party.
We had the fabulous Maine teaching us everything from booty popping to pole tricks to floor work to more booty popping! I wasn't too sure who we were going to have prior to the class and was quite afraid and intimidated by the whole idea of swinging on a pole but Maine was able to make everyone in the class feel comfortable with themselves and feel like pros doing the tricks. Trust me, I was far from a pro but she broke everything down step by step so that most girls were able to catch on really quick. She's like a proud (sexy) mother who just saw her daughters graduate from college when she sees you just trying to do the tricks.
Why go to strip clubs when you can release the inner stripper within you!
Shockra Dance Studio is the way to go... small and intimate classes.
Maine is the person to get... fun, sassy, encouraging and one heck of a booty popper!
But just for caution sake... if you are doing this for a bachelorette party... try booking the class like 3-4 weeks prior to the wedding. Even though Maine made it look simple and effortless doing the tricks, as beginners, you will be sore and bruised up. And no one wants a black and blue bride! =)
Best Pole Dancing Experience!. One word! Addiction. By my 3rd class in Absolute Pole with Keisha F. I purchased my own pole at home. It has been such an amazing experience for your mind and your body. I feel and look so much stronger. Keisha is an amazing teacher, at the beginning of every class, she's always teaching us new routines and tricks. And in the beginning, every single one of us is always shaking our heads, no... we can't do that. And guess what, we all manage to do so at some point. She provides a lot of one to one instruction with each student, pushing us to excel to the next level. I've taken several workshops with Keisha now, and she is by far one of the best pole teachers out there. Take a class! You won't regret it!
So much fun!!!!. So we went for my cousin's birthday and we had an AMAZING time. I really believe it had to do with our instructor Maine, she was great! If you do go make sure you request the instructor Maine, you won't be disappointed!
I love Salsa! ... I love this dance studio....
When I came to Shockra it felt like coming home. There is a warmth & friendly, inviting feeling here.
I have been in salsa level 1 & level 2 for more than 1 1/2 years with Jose Luis and I can't say enough good things about him. I love the way he dances first of all. His style resonates with everything I love about salsa. He is smooth, confident, clear, gentle and passionate about what he does. He gives us steps/combinations that stimulate and challenge us to learn more and yet he focuses on doing those moves well rather than just accomplishing many moves.
His style allows for all those delicious moments of feeling the music in your whole body that I love, and his lead allows time for the follower to interpret and express what we are feeling so we feel we are also a part of the beautiful conversation that is taking place.
You just like him instantly. he has that beautiful balance of being professional and focused and at once he creates a feeling of fun and joy. We get things done but we always laugh together.
He makes new people and veterans, like me, feel welcome and at ease to be here. I could go on...I just love coming here and it has added so much joy and beautiful friendships to my life.
Love it!. I have to confess that I do have dance training, but as a former Irish step dancer I have been nervous about trying any form of dance that required upper body/core movement. SHOCKra has made learning belly dancing a blast and completely painless. Keisha is an excellent (!!!) teacher, and she makes the movements simple and fun to learn. Class is a group effort, as opposed to the competitive atmosphere of other dance classes in the city. I've gotten more confident my body and even about dancing in public (much to the chagrin of strangers who'd rather not witness my shimmy). Anyone hoping to learn a new form of dance or simply take a fun class will have a great time here!
We Love Keisha!!. Booked a party for my 22nd birthday. This is probably one of the best decisions I made especially choosing SHOCKra as my venue. Jessica was very helpful and provided me all the information I needed to book this party. She got back to me promptly and gave me no pressure at all. Pole dancing with Keisha was amazing!! She's so cool and was very patient with me and my friends, none of us felt embarrassed or intimidated at all. She trully is a great instructor!! My friends and I had so much fun that we already we're planning our next pole dancing trip to the city on the way home!! Definitely coming back, and yes, WE WANT KEISHA!!! <3 Thanks for making my birthday so much fun!!
Ballet with Julie!. I've been coming to Julie's adult ballet classes for over a year now. I love this place! And I love Julie. She's patient and always has some wonderful bit of wisdom to share with the class. This studio is different than every other studio I've tried in Manhattan, where the adult ballet classes feel full of experienced students. Shockra is totally unintimidating and the classes feel more like a very healthy get-together with a bunch of friends. Thanks Julie (and Shockra)!!
Peek-a -Boo showed us a great time!. I attended a beginners pole dancing class this past weekend for my friends bachelorette party. Peek-a- Boo was our instructor. She was amazing and we all had the best time. It's a great workout and a a ton of fun. She was great with us being that there were 8 women in the class and she gave us all individual attention. She showed us quite a few moves and was extremely patient with the women who were having some difficulty (me LOL) Afterwards she took a group picture with us which I thought was a nice personal touch. I can't wait to go back and take some more classes!
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